This is a topics in combinatorics course. The topics selected include:
The objectives of the course are:
| The course grade will be computed as follows:|
Students will be graded on class participation. Of course it is difficult to participate if one does not come to class at all, and so habitual absence will also be reflected in the class participation grade.
|The final project is to read a current research article in combinatorics, write a short, self-contained summary about 2 pages, give a 20 minute talk about it similar to the AMS special session talks and provide constructive criticism on other students presentations.|
Written homework will be assigned roughly every other week.
There is no textbook for this course as we will be jumping around between different sources.
Here are a few good references for the topics that we will be discussing in this class:
Students are encouraged to work together to do homework problems. What is important is a
student's eventual understanding of homework problems, and not how that is achieved.
The honor principle on homework: What a student turns in as a homework solution is to be his or her own understanding of how to do the problem. Students must state what sources they have consulted, with whom they have collaborated, and from whom they have received help. It is a violation of the honor code to copy solutions from problems posted on the web or book or any other source. The solutions you submit must be written by you alone. Any copying (electronic or otherwise) of another person's solutions, in whole or in part, is a violation of the Honor Code. For example, it is a breach of the honor code to read the solutions of someone else in order to write your solution.
If you have any questions as to whether some action would be acceptable under the Academic Honor Code, please speak to me I will be glad to help clarify things. It is always easier to ask beforehand than to have trouble later!
|Disabilities and Religious Observances|
|Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to
make an appointment to see your instructor before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential,
although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested.
Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with your instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.